#1 for five weeks in 1958, one of the triumphs of his recording career. Billy May supplies the arrangements.
When critics refer to Sinatra's Capitol albums, their highest praise is usually reserved for the dark melancholy of Wee Small Hours
or Only the Lonely
. But the upbeat "Swinging" records should not be ignored. Probably the finest of these albums is Come Fly with Me
. The first of Sinatra's albums with arranger Billy May (whose arrangements have been overshadowed by Nelson Riddle's), Fly
is the conceptual equal of Lonely
-a carefree, romantic musical travelogue. From the opening invitation--one of Sinatra's most rollicking vocals--to the tender invocations of "Autumn in New York" and "April in Paris," and the serene seductiveness of "Moonlight in Vermont," Sinatra personified the modern traveler--jaunty, cosmopolitan, irrefutably cool. --Steven Mirkin